This was a busy week in Washington with William Barr testifying before the Senate and refusing to speak with the House. The president also made a well publicized phone call to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Donald Trump has been cagey about revealing exactly what he spoke about while on the call with Putin. Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, has a theory, though. According to Schumer, they spoke about Fox News Conspiracy theories.
The New York Senator tweeted, “President Donald Trump spent an hour on the phone with Putin. Instead of pressing Putin on the Mueller Report’s extensive evidence that Russia hacked our elections, they gossiped about Fox News conspiracy theories? Trump’s priorities are appalling and undermine democracy.”
President @realDonaldTrump spent an hour on the phone with Putin.
Instead of pressing Putin on the #MuellerReport's extensive evidence that Russia hacked our elections,
They gossiped about Fox News conspiracy theories?
Trump’s priorities are appalling and undermine democracy. pic.twitter.com/GkvorjEDMU
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 3, 2019
President Trump certainly had a different interpretation of the phone call. Shortly after speaking with Putin, he tweeted, “Had a long and very good conversation with President Putin of Russia. As I have always said, long before the Witch Hunt started, getting along with Russia, China, and everyone is a good thing, not a bad thing.”
He then followed with, “We discussed Trade, Venezuela, Ukraine, North Korea, Nuclear Arms Control and even the “Russian Hoax.” Very productive talk!”
Reporters wondered, though, did Trump ask Putin about 2016 Russian meddling and 2020 plans to do it again? NBC’s Kristen Welker asked, “Did you tell them not to meddle in the next election?” Trump fired back, “Excuse me, I’m talking, I’m answering this question. You are very rude.” When asked again, the president replied, “We didn’t discuss that.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.